Topping the charts on children's lists this week you'll find this crazy little book by ice skating great, Kristi Yamaguchi!
There is just something about Kristi. She's always had a special sparkle to her eyes, a special spark in her step and in her skating. You get the feeling Kristi has a special determination that's made her achieve greatness in ice skating~ an Olympic Gold Medalist; as well as, in Dancing with the Stars!
What Kristi shares in this happy, crazy little book with children is that a dream and determination can make anything possible. With sprightly illustrations and good dialog, Little Pig learns to dream big and then work to make that dream come true.
I like this combination of truths for children. So often parents encourage children to dream big, but the hard work to achieve those dreams is pushed aside or forgotten. Responsibility, respect for authority and rules, work and stick-to-itivity despite set-backs are important lessons children need to learn as they are growing up.
Kristi's book tells a sweet story, but gives a true moral along with it. That's what makes her book a winner just like she always is!
Kristi is not without children of her own, and I'll bet she's written this book for her two little girls. Isn't she nice to share it? :]
5 skating swirls
PS: I had a little figure skater who grew up to work with severely emotionally disturbed children, developmentally delayed children and children with asperbergers. She's beautiful inside and out. She's the mother of "Spiderman" aka my Cowboy Boots grandson. She dreams big!